Climate Justice

"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels for home heating, transportation and various industrial activities including mining, manufacturing and large-scale farming, is the primary cause of global climate change. Historically, this activity and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been the responsibility of the global North, or the wealthy, industrialized nations. Yet the burden of climate change –extreme weather events, drought, flooding, crop failures, destroyed fisheries and loss of habitat and homeland– is being disproportionately borne by poor and marginalized communities of the global South, peoples who are the least responsible for the changes we are seeing in the world today.

Climate change is thus more than a question of environmental sustainability; it is a question of justice. KAIROS believes that climate justice involves making real reductions in carbon emissions as well as addressing the social and economic inequities between the rich and the poor—both of these are inextricably linked.

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CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWS

Rolling Justice Bus rolls into action in BC heartland, August 24-31

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Connecting the dots between Indigenous rights, reconciliation, resource extraction and climate change, will be the focus of the BC/Yukon KAIROS-led Rolling Justice Bus tour.

Wildfires in Western Canada

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KAIROS invites your prayers and support for those facing the wildfires in Western Canada.

The Stones Will Cry Out by Jennifer Henry

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Jennifer Henry evokes the stones of human rights memorials that will not remain silent but call out for the Creator’s justice through our prophetic imagination.

Hopeful Signs, Alarming Realities on the Road to Climate Justice Policy Briefing Paper #41

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This Briefing Paper examines some hopeful signs of progress in the struggle for climate justice, despite major obstacles.

Abundance of Life in Reconciled Relationships by George C. George

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George C. George, student at Emmanuel College, tells us that we’re to not be “ecological exiles”, but embrace the abundance of life that is reconciled with God’s creation.

Jennifer Henry: “Fasting for imagination to solve the climate crisis”

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Click above to read Jennifer Henry's blog post on rabble.ca about her decision to fast for climate justice today (March 5)

Climate Action: From the Personal to the Political

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As the global community looks towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, people continue to raise awareness and seek political change at the personal, local and national levels. And KAIROS is a part of that.

Hungry for change: Today I fast for the planet

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KAIROS staff member Connie Sorio is fasting for the planet today as part of the 365 Rolling Fast for the Climate. Click above to read more about her decision in her blog post on rabble.ca

Canada Can #DoBetter2015

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The Canadian Council for International Co-operation is inviting Canadians to consider what it would mean for Canada to do better in 2015. KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry calls on Canada to #DoBetter2015 by implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What about you?

Popular Movements Meet with Pope Francis

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KAIROS colleague Judith Marshall shares experiences from a meeting of social movements with Pope Francis.

We Are All Water-Keepers

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The KAIROS group in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan has been looking at its watershed these past few years, and has released this report looking at the threats posed to it. Agri-business, the commodification of water, urban water demands and the use of water all pose threats to this highly stressed watershed.

I don’t have words to describe what I saw.

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On a tour of two of the world’s most contaminated mining communities, a delegation of women activists from across Latin America realize that while their stories may differ, what unites them is their work defending communities and Mother Earth.

Tribunal at Peoples’ Summit calls for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Nature

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The Tribunal on the Rights of Nature at the Peoples’ Summit on COP20 in Lima has no legal authority beyond the integrity and respect generated from its process and participants, but the hope is that by revealing the impacts of violating nature’s rights, including climate change, these rights eventually will be enshrined at the national and international level.

Anti-mining activist killed and Ecuadorean partners harassed on eve of Lima meetings

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What was supposed to be a celebratory launch for KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica’s delegation to the People’s Summit and COP20 meeting in Lima, Peru turned into a nightmare as delegation members were detained and harassed and news came in of the killing of community leader and anti-mining activist.